2013 non-profit organization grant finalists announced

Special to The Log

The women of IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida, Inc. have announced the five finalists for 2013 grants. Two of these organizations will be awarded a $110,000 grant at the Nov. 17 Annual Membership Meeting to be held at the Sandestin Hilton.

Arts and Culture: Pyramid, Inc.

Education: S4P Synergy Inc.

Environment, Recreation & Preservation: Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge

Family: Matrix Community Outreach Center

Health and Wellness:  Destin Harvest, Inc.

“Each of the requests that were submitted were very worthy, and we wish we could award a grant to each one,” said Sandy Sims, president of IMPACT 100. “The committees did a great job of reviewing the applications, visiting the organizations, and deciding on the five finalists. IMPACT’s membership of 220 women will now decide which two organizations will receive this year’s grants.  It’s an amazing process driven by amazing women who truly want to make an impact in our community.”

Each of the five finalists will give a 5-minute overview of their grant request to the membership at the annual meeting. The membership will then vote on their top finalist. The two organizations receiving the highest number of votes will be awarded a grant of $110,000 each. This year Bobby Beasley, the Walton County Supervisor of Elections, and his staff will assist in the voting process.

IMPACT 100 uses 100 percent of its membership dollars to fund the grants, and depends upon the “Friends of IMPACT” to help offset the administrative costs of the organization.  Membership enrollment is now open for IMPACT 2014.  If you would like to learn more, or if you would like to become a member and partner with other local women to make a huge impact in your community, contact Sandy Sims at 850-376-8440, Kim Kirby at 850-333-1771, Michelle Anchors at 850-585-8255, or email impactnwf@gmail.com.